The College fully respects your right to privacy and actively seeks to preserve the privacy rights of those who share information with the College. The College will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your permission, except as may be required or permitted by law. Any personal information which you volunteer to the College will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003.
Any information which you provide in this way is not made available to any third parties, and is used by the College only in accordance with the purpose for which you provided the information and will only be retained for as long as required for the purpose. This is normally stated on the webpage where the information is requested and should be self-explanatory. However, if you have any specific queries about the purpose for which your information is to be used, you should contact the Freedom of Information Officer before submitting the information.
Information on internet traffic is collected routinely by the College and also at other points along the route in the internet (e.g. ITNet, HEAnet). This technical information is used to ensure the smooth running of the computer network in the College and for statistical or administrative purposes. It is not used to gather identifiable personal information on individual website visitors, except in so far as this is permitted by law and may be necessary in order to prevent or detect problems or offences in relation to the operation of the website.
Pursuant to the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, you have certain rights to obtain a copy of the data held about you, for a fee. Any such requests should be made in writing to the Freedom of Information Officer at the address set out below. For further details on your data privacy rights, please refer to www.dataprotection.ie.
This statement should not be construed as a contractual undertaking. The College reserves the right to review and amend this statement at any time without notice and you should therefore re-visit this webpage from time to time.
Any queries or concerns you may have about the processing of personal information on this website should be addressed to:
Freedom of Information Documents
Freedom of Information Publications
Marian Hargadon, Freedom of Information Office Institute of Technology, Sligo
Telephone: +353 71 91 37369
HEA – Student Collection Notice
We will send some of the information we hold about you to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). This information forms your HEA student record, which does not include your contact details (name, address or telephone number).
Approximately six to nine months after graduation, we will contact you to ask you to fill in the HEA ‘First Destination of Graduates Survey’ questionnaire. We will not give your contact details to the HEA.
Your HEA student record is used for three broad purposes:
1. Statutory functions
The HEA record is used by the organisations listed below, or agents acting on their behalf, to carry out their public functions connected with furthering the development and enhancement of education in the Republic of Ireland.
- Department of Education and Skills
- Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
- Department of Social Protection
- Third level Institutions (including Universities and Institutes of Technology)
- Central Statistics Office
Your HEA record may also be used by the Central Statistics Office in order to carry out their statutory functions of measuring population levels and monitoring public expenditure. It will not otherwise be used in any way that affects you personally.
2. HEA publications
HEA use the HEA student record to produce anonymised aggregate data in annual statistical publications. These include some National Statistics publications, online management information services and publications relating to statistical overview of third level education in Ireland.
3. Research, equal opportunity, journalism, other legitimate interest/public function
HEA will also supply anonymised aggregate data to third parties for the following purposes:
• Equal opportunities monitoring – the HEA student record may contain details of ethnic group and disability. This data is only used where it is needed to promote or maintain equality of opportunity or treatment between persons of different racial or ethnic origins, or different states of physical or mental conditions
• Research. This may be academic research, commercial research or other statistical research into education where this is of benefit to the public interest.
Anonymised aggregate data for the above purposes may be supplied by HEA to the following types of user:
• Local, regional and national government bodies who have an interest in higher education
• Higher education sector bodies
• Higher education institutions
• Academic researchers and students
• Commercial organisations (e.g. recruitment firms, graduate employers)
• Non-governmental organisations and charities
• Journalism, where the relevant publication would be in the public interest (e.g. course numbers, student enrolments etc.)
It is important to note that Individuals cannot be identified from this anonymised aggregate data. No names or addresses of individuals are ever provided.